June 6th, 2013

It’s Official… Layer 7 Joins CA Technologies

Layer 7 and CAThis week, CA Technologies officially closed its acquisition of Layer 7. As a Layer 7 co-founder, this represents the culmination of a decade’s worth of hard work. Equally important, it represents the opening of a new chapter for the company and an opportunity to amplify the vision we have been promoting.

Since our founding, we have preached the vision that enterprises can open their data and application assets programmatically in a secure way. When we started off, the primary driver for opening up was tighter business integration with partners. Today however, the demand for opening up data and application assets has exploded alongside the growth of mobile, cloud, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The idea of organizations as walled-off castles is gone. Mobile is forcing organizations to deliver new business apps to customers and employees beyond the enterprise perimeter. Cloud is redefining how applications are consumed and delivered across a hybridized, extended organization. IoT will upend our notions of outside connectivity and data processing. APIs play a central role in making all this happen. Layer 7 gives customers the confidence to open up via APIs, without compromising security or operational integrity.

For us at Layer 7, security has always been a paramount consideration because our customers are enterprises and enterprises care about security. The CA Technologies acquisition reflects a common point of view on how to deliver new business value in mobility, cloud etc. while protecting the data and applications that are the lifeblood of a today’s enterprise.

CA and Layer 7 both appreciate that the old enterprise security perimeter is disappearing and that the only way to effectively enable online business while protecting information assets is to make identity the new perimeter. We need to focus on managing who gets access to what and what they can do with data once they have that access. Put another way, we need to focus on the identity, data and access that drives modern initiatives around Web, mobile, cloud, social and IoT. Together CA Technologies and Layer 7 Technologies offer enterprises the first truly multi-channel approach to enabling the business while securing its information assets.

Looking into the future, one clearly sees the scope for APIs will increase. IoT will make every formerly detached device connected – all through APIs. Where networking used to be about discrete routers and switches, it is now being transformed, via SDN, into something that is programmable and agile – again, this will be brought to you by APIs. And as for the server and storage infrastructure that underpins the data that drives the Web and mobile, Amazon Web Services has given us a glimpse of the future. As the “Web Services” part of that name suggests, APIs will play a significant role in provisioning in management of the cloud.

As we join CA Technologies, we now have the necessary reach and breadth to make Layer 7 the unassailable leader in the API security and management space. For customers, this means more of what they liked plus the ability to accelerate delivery of our original vision. We’re here to help organizations open up via APIs. And we’re open for business.

February 6th, 2013

The Forrester Wave: API Management Platforms, Q1 2013

The Forrester Wave API Management Platforms Q1 2013Earlier this week, Forrester Research, Inc. released The Forrester Wave: API Management Platforms, Q1 2013. This report addresses products targeted at several different audiences including API business owners, technical administrators and application developers consuming APIs. We’re proud to announce that the Layer 7 API Management Suite has been recognized as a Leader in the category, with some significant distance between ourselves and our peers.

What I’m most proud of is our consistently high marks in every category; we have worked hard to make sure that our products provide both ease-of-use and deep functionality. The developer experience is just as important to us as the rich integration capabilities provided to technical architects and API administrators. And comprehensive business analytics for API owners are just as important as the availability and security features required by enterprise operations teams. Our scores reflect this breadth of solution strengths.

What might be more difficult to reflect in an “Emerging Market” Wave is product depth – and this is another area where Layer 7 shines. Enterprise customers value our flexibility in deployment options, our support for numerous message formats/protocols, our rich identity framework and our long list of security certifications gained through exhaustive testing and evaluation by some of the most demanding organizations and standards bodies in the industry. Our customers have long recognized Layer 7 as a Leader in this category and we thank Forrester for validating this with the first major analyst evaluation of API Management vendors.

Layer 7 had a similar previous showing in The Forrester Wave: SOA Application Gateways, Q4 2011, in which the company was also recognized as a Leader. This successful heritage is noted by Forrester in the new Wave, which states that “Technical adopters will find a lot of depth to Layer 7’s service management capabilities, including a variety of deployment options, sophisticated traffic shaping and routing capabilities, and extensive connectivity to existing enterprise systems.” By bringing these strengths to bear on the API Management industry, Layer 7 offers an IT-friendly option for enabling all open enterprise API use cases, including access to partners, developers, mobile apps and cloud platforms.

Get a complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave: API Management Platforms, Q1 2013

October 11th, 2012

Open up to the App Economy: API Management as a Service

APIfy LogoApps are everywhere. We are surrounded by them. They’re overrunning our smartphones and forcing us to buy ever larger tablets. They are on our TVs, on our game consoles, on our set-top boxes – everywhere in our living rooms. When I update my vehicle, I expect I’ll be asking what version of Android my prospective car has before I ask about its engine configuration.

Apps have become ubiquitous in just a few short years. It’s no surprise, then, that companies large and small want to be part of the app economy. For these companies, enabling internal and external app developers holds the promise of growing market reach, opening revenue streams and maximizing customer retention – all on the back of developer innovation.

For almost a decade, Layer 7 has been helping large organizations open their data and applications to outside partners, cloud services and developer communities. With APIfy, Layer 7 is now making these same capabilities available to smaller organizations and departments, straight from the cloud.

To small organizations looking to open their first APIs to outside developer communities, APIfy offers the core API Management, security and community features necessary to get started. And for users that end up wanting more advanced features, APIfy provides an easy entry point to the Layer 7 API Management Suite. With APIfy, we aim to create an API platform that can grow with our customers.

Over the next several months, we’ll be offering APIfy free on a limited-use beta program. We’re eager to get feedback, so we’re inviting you to sign up and work with us to make APIfy an industry-leading service for opening APIs to the app economy. Enjoy the trial and let us know how we can make things better!

August 1st, 2012

Mobile Security & Management for the Enterprise: SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway

Layer 7 SecureSpan Mobile Access GatewayThese days, enterprises face an increasing array of Mobile Access challenges, from BYOD to mobile device management. We live in an increasingly mobile and app-based world. More and more enterprises have mobile-enabled workforces that need access to enterprise data from personal smartphones and tablets.

But how do enterprises balance access control with the individual’s right to choose the apps they want? How do enterprises grant access to sensitive on-premise data via mobile devices without compromising security?

Enterprises need secure ways to surface internal information assets in mobile ready formats that can be easily consumed by both mobile developers and the apps they create. They need simplified ways to manage how enterprise applications and systems get exposed to mobile developers and apps.

Layer 7′s new SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway does just that by streamlining the process of adapting internal data, application and security infrastructure for mobile use. Delivered as a policy pack extension to our SecureSpan API Proxy/SOA Gateway, the Mobile Access Gateway provides a centralized way to control security and management policies for information assets exposed via APIs to mobile developers and apps.

Contest: Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card
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The contest ends Aug 8 at noon. The winner will be drawn at random. If you win, we’ll send you a direct message on Twitter to let you know.

July 17th, 2012

Developer Management & the Layer 7 API Portal 2.1

Layer 7 API Portal Version 2.1As Layer 7’s CTO, Scott Morrison, recently stated: API Management = Developer Management. Okay, there are actually many elements to API Management – securing APIs, enforcing rate limits and SLAs, translating protocols and so forth. But if developers can’t make use of your APIs, then your APIs aren’t going to do you much good. So, providing a place where developers can discover, register for, learn about and leverage your APIs is – in many ways – the key to a truly effective API Management strategy.

That’s why the Layer 7 API Portal – which is designed to help organizations onboard, educate and manage developers – is one of the cornerstones of our API Management Suite.

The world of Web, mobile and cloud API publishing is growing and changing at an incredible rate right now, so we’re constantly working hard to expand and refine our line of API-focused products. With all that in mind – and hot on the heels of our SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway – we’re very excited to announce version 2.1 of the Portal.

With the developer management needs of API publishers constantly evolving, we’ve added a range of new functionality to the Portal, including:

  • Advanced analytic reports
  • More granular privacy controls
  • Enhanced lifecycle management features
  • New customization options for the content management system

We’re exhibiting at Mobile+Web DevCon in San Francisco this week. If you’re at the show and you’d like to learn more about this new API Portal release, please stop by our booth.